Suns Shut Down Iverson in Rout of 76ers
Phoenix 105, Philadelphia 85
PHOENIX, Jan. 4 (Ticker) -- The Phoenix Suns again prevented Allen Iverson from heating up.
The Suns limited Iverson to a season-low 16 points and ambushed the Philadelphia 76ers with a huge third quarter en route to a 105-85 victory, their fifth in six games.
The Suns appear to have some magical formula for containing Iverson. The four-time scoring champion has the fourth-highest career average at better than 27 points per game but has averaged just 20 against Phoenix, by far his lowest against any foe.
Again leading the NBA in scoring, Iverson appeared due for a big game. He managed just 19 points in Tuesday's win at Sacramento and had to pick up some of the scoring slack created by the absence of forward Chris Webber, who sat out for the first time this season with a back strain.
However, Iverson could not get going as he made just 7-of-23 shots, attempted just one free throw and committed four turnovers. In the pivotal third quarter, he was 2-of-9 and whistled for a technical foul.
"I don't know what it is, because I like the energy here," Iverson said. "I don't have any excuses; it is one of those things. I am just not playing well right now. I need to do something to get my game back together. I don't know if that means going to the basketball more but I have to do something."
Despite Iverson's struggles, the 76ers held a 48-44 lead when he opened the second half with a 3-pointer. However, it was all Suns thereafter.
"We really got outhustled on the first half and we were kind of flat," Nash said. "We played a lot harder, made some shots and got stops. We made much more of a commitment in the second half."
Former Sixer Raja Bell scored seven of his 16 points in a 19-3 surge that gave Phoenix a 63-51 lead midway through the period. After a pair of hoops by Philadelphia, Jones scored eight points in a 16-6 run that closed the quarter and gave Phoenix a 79-61 advantage.
"I'm a setup guy and tonight I made a couple of shots and got us going," Jones said. "We work well together and have a great second unit. We have so many great playmakers on this team that constantly get the shooters open looks."
In the third period, the Suns made 15-of-25 shots while the Sixers made 6-of-24.
"They played their type of game getting out on transition and rushing the ball up the floor," 76ers coach Maurice Cheeks said. "In the first half, they didn't make as many shots as they did in the second half. That was the key for them. Us coming off a back-to-back and facing a team that gets out and runs was going to be a challenge. They played their type of game that wins ballgames."
"There was some complacency in the first half, but we were able to put them away in the second half," Suns coach Mike D'Antoni said. "In the second half, we moved the ball better and we were more at ease. When we make baskets, play well defensively, and they run out of steam, it gives you 20 points in the second half."
Eddie House scored 18 points off the bench and Shawn Marion added 13 and 13 rebounds for the Suns, who made 12-of-28 3-pointers and committed just eight turnovers.
Samuel Dalembert had 14 points and a career-high 22 rebounds and Andre Iguodala also scored 14 points for the Sixers, who fell to 2-4 on their road trip which ends Friday vs. the Los Angeles Lakers.
Philadelphia held a 57-42 advantage on the glass but lost for the first time in 14 games this season when outrebounding its opponent.